UCL Computer Science


Lecture Series

The Peter Kirstein lecture is the flagship lecture at UCL Computer Science. Named to honour the life and work of Peter Kirstein, the founding head of the department.

What is the Peter Kirstein Lecture Series?

It was so named to honour the life and work of Peter Kirstein, the founding head of UCL Computer Science and a major figure in the development of the field of Computer Science globally.

Peter was a visionary who pushed at the boundaries of what we knew and what we could do, often in the face of disapproval and difficulties from more conservative voices.

As a result, he was instrumental in changing the nature of society, not just in the ‘developed’ world, but in countries working to establish themselves following the collapse of the Soviet Union, amongst others.

In discussion with Peter himself, we decided that the ideas for each lecture should be generated in conjunction with new members of staff and the series should be bold in the speakers it seeks to invite, to challenge orthodoxy and to encourage debate. 

Previous Lectures

Peter Kirstein

ARPANET 50th Anniversary 

This was considered the first event in the Peter Kirstein Lecture Series.

Ruha Benjamin

Peter Kirstein Lecture 2021

Ruha Benjamin, Professor of African American Studies, Princeton University, USA.

Mikko Hypponnen

Peter Kirstein Lecture 2022

Mikko Hyppönen - Computer Security and Privacy Expert.

Cory Dctorow

Peter Kirstein Lecture 2023

Cory Doctorow, science fiction author, activist, and journalist.

Professor Hugh Herr (MIT) at a table with bionic legs visible.

Peter Kirstein Lecture 2024

Coming Soon: Professor Hugh Herr (MIT) On the Design of Bionic Limbs: The Science of Tissue-Synthetic Interface